Being on the brink of the lottery is something the Dallas Mavericks have become all too familiar with this year. Now as the playoffs near, the Mavericks will need everything to go right to avoid a second straight season of disappointment.
The Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies are all battling for the final three spots in the ruthless Western Conference. Instead of wondering if the Mavs can make the playoffs, we are now left to ponder how they can hang on.
On track for their 14th straight season at .500 or better, here are five reasons the Mavericks will hang on and make the NBA playoffs.
All statistics in this article via Basketball-Reference.com.